Archive: April 2009

Currie Notes Shoppers Employment In New Ethics Form

On an annual form required to be filed with the State Ethics Commission today, Sen. Ulysses S. Currie (D-Prince George's) disclosed something he neglected to mention in previous years: his employment as a consultant for Shoppers Food and Pharmacy. Currie's...

By John Wagner | April 30, 2009; 1:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Another Wrinkle in MoCo Election

Election officials in Montgomery County reconvene tomorrow morning to review at least 108 outstanding absentee ballots from last week's special election. But there may be more than the remaining absentee ballots at stake in determining a winner in the Democratic...

By Ann Marimow | April 30, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Anti-Gambling Group Opposes Perez Nomination

A national anti-gambling group is expressing opposition to the nomination of Maryland labor secretary Thomas E. Perez to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Perez, Gov. Martin O'Malley's secretary of labor, licensing and regulation, played a...

By John Wagner | April 29, 2009; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tributes Continue to Flow for MoCo Activist

The tributes keep pouring in for Wayne Goldstein, the Montgomery County civic activist who collapsed on Monday on his way to a hearing about proposed expansion of Suburban Hospital. He died a short time later at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital....

By Miranda Spivack | April 29, 2009; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colleagues Rally Around King For Anne Arundel Seat

Del. James J. King (R-Anne Arundel) has received a boost from his House colleagues in a bid to replace the retiring Sen. Janet Greenip (R-Anne Arundel). In a joint letter to members of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee,...

By John Wagner | April 29, 2009; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Council Delays Disability Vote

The Montgomery County Council this afternoon postponed a vote on legislation to overhaul the government's troubled disability retirement system. After meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour, council members said they wanted more time to craft legislation that...

By Ann Marimow | April 28, 2009; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Consultant Says 15,000 Slot Machines Still Doable

A newly hired consultant to a state slot-machine location commission expressed optimism today that Maryland would eventually reach its goal of 15,000 machines. The state currently has only four qualified bids to operate five slots sites and requests to use...

By John Wagner | April 28, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tributes pour in for MoCo activist Wayne Goldstein, dead at 56

Wayne Goldstein, a Montgomery County community activist with a keen interest in historic preservation and land use, died Monday morning at Shady Grove Hospital after collapsing in front of the County Council building on his way to a hearing about...

By Miranda Spivack | April 28, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (12)

No Deal on MoCo Police Disability as Council is Poised to Vote

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and police union leaders still have not been able to negotiate a deal to overhaul the county's disability retirement program. The stalemate comes as the County Council is scheduled to take up legislation tomorrow that...

By Ann Marimow | April 27, 2009; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Rep. Donna Edwards Arrested in Darfur Protest

Maryland Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Prince George's) was among five members of Congress arrested on civil disobedience charges this morning outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington as they protested that country's decision to expel 16 aid agencies from Darfur. Other congress...

By Anne Bartlett | April 27, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (54)

Navarro Still Ahead in MoCo's Special Election

The count continues in Montgomery County. The Board of Elections has just wrapped up its review of provisional ballots from last week's special election for an open seat on the County Council, and Board of Education member Nancy Navarro is...

By Ann Marimow | April 27, 2009; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not Over Yet in MoCo, With Navarro Holding Narrow Lead

Three hours and 723 absentee ballots later, and the outcome of the Democratic primary for an open seat on the Montgomery County Council was still uncertain this afternoon. Board of Education member Nancy Navarro was still holding on to a...

By Ann Marimow | April 23, 2009; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (13)

Rival Camps Line Up for MoCo's Absentee Count

It didn't have the drama of the 2000 Florida recount, but there was lots of anticipation and excitement at the Montgomery County Board of Elections this afternoon as officials began the tedious process of sifting through more than 700 absentee...

By Ann Marimow | April 23, 2009; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

In MoCo, Navarro Claims Victory, Kramer Looks to Absentees

With a margin of less than 80 votes, Board of Education member Nancy Navarro early this morning claimed victory in Montgomery County in the Democratic primary to serve out the term of County Council member Don Praisner in District 4....

By Ann Marimow | April 22, 2009; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (9)

Navarro Leads in MoCo, But Race Too Close to Call

Board of Education member Nancy Navarro and Del. Benjamin F. Kramer are locked in a tight race in Montgomery County tonight for the Democratic nomination to serve out the term of the late County Council member Don Praisner in District...

By Anne Bartlett | April 21, 2009; 10:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Top Sun Editor Joins Firm of Former O'Malley Aide

A top editor at the Baltmore Sun is joining a public affairs firm headed by the former communications director for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Howard Libit, the Sun's assistant managing editor for news, will become the chief operating officer for...

By John Wagner | April 21, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

MoCo Election Off to a "Slow, But Steady" Start

Montgomery County voters arriving at one of the county's largest precincts this morning were greeted by a receiving line of campaign signs and candidates as they prepared to participate in the special election to fill an open on the council....

By Ann Marimow | April 21, 2009; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mikulski Raising Money, Planning for a Fifth Term

Anyone speculating that Sen. Barbara Mikulski might step down when her term expires next year, should take a quick look at her campaign finance reports: The 72-year-old Maryland Democrat raised $442,000 in the first three months of this year, bringing...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 21, 2009; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Voters Head to the Polls in Council District 4

It's election day in Montgomery County for voters who live in council District 4. Six Democrats and three Republicans are competing for the eastern county seat left vacant by the death in January of Don Praisner. Polls are open until...

By Ann Marimow | April 21, 2009; 9:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dagley is reappointed MoCo IG

Thomas J. Dagley has been reappointed to a four-year term as Montgomery County's inspector general. Dagley has led recent probes of the county's police disability system; examined spending at Centro Familia, a nonprofit education organization that has had substantial support...

By Miranda Spivack | April 20, 2009; 4:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grace O'Malley Standing In As Lieutenant Governor

Another member of Maryland's First Family will be appearing in public tonight with a government-sounding title attached to her name: Lt. Gov. Grace O'Malley. Grace, the daughter of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and First Lady Catherine Curran O'Malley, is serving...

By John Wagner | April 20, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anti-Speed Camera Effort is Launched

It was only a matter of hours before a challenge emerged to the General Assembly's just-passed bill allowing speed cameras throughout Maryland. Daniel Zubairi, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Maryland's 8th district in 2006, this week launched...

By Lisa Rein | April 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (14)

Franchot Questions State Spending on Rocky Gap

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) today took aim at the state economic development corporation that oversees Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf resort in Western Maryland, questioning a request for a $400,000 line of credit to extend the contract with the company...

By Lisa Rein | April 15, 2009; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

MoCo's Silverman Headed for Confirmation in Development Job

Former Montgomery County council member Steven A. Silverman got a warm welcome from his old colleagues this week, all but guaranteeing his confirmation to lead the local economic development department. Council member Nancy Floreen tried unsuccessfully to play the theme...

By Ann Marimow | April 15, 2009; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Four MoCo Council Members Intervene in Disability Talks

Four Montgomery County Council members have intervened in contentious negotiations over changes to the government's disability retirement program for police officers. They said today that police union leaders have offered a responsible roadmap for overhauling the troubled system that should...

By Anne Bartlett | April 14, 2009; 3:46 PM ET | Comments (3)

Md. Senate Follows House in Denying Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

The Maryland Senate, which initially passed a more conservative approach, quickly followed the House tonight in endorsing the bill that ends Maryland's practice of giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. It voted 29-16 in favor, after cutting off an attempted...

By Anne Bartlett | April 13, 2009; 11:36 PM ET | Comments (4)

Md. House Votes to Curtail Illegal Immigrant Licenses

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted 76-60 to pass a compromise bill making motorists who cannot prove they are in the country legally ineligible for a Maryland driver's license. Under the proposal, those who previously received licenses by providing...

By Anne Bartlett | April 13, 2009; 10:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. Immigrant License Deal May Be Unraveling

The tentative compromise between House and Senate lawmakers on how to end Maryland's system of driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants may be unraveling. The deal between legislative leaders announced on the Senate floor this morning would shut the door on...

By Lisa Rein | April 13, 2009; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (20)

Md. Lawmakers Propose Compromise on Immigrant Licenses

A tentative deal has emerged between leaders in the House of Delegates and the Senate on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, one of the most hard-fought issues of the legislative session. Under a compromise plan expected to emerge from a...

By Lisa Rein | April 13, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (36)

Md. Smoke Cessation Program Faces Cuts

Among the casualties of Maryland's budget cuts is the smoking cessation program that's funded by the decade-old tobacco settlement. The "Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program" will be cut to $7 million annually from $21 million. Health care advocates successfully...

By Lisa Rein | April 13, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Does Prince George's Need a Law School?

The General Assembly has nixed a study of a D.C. United soccer stadium in Prince George's this year, but here's something they've given the go-ahead to study: A possible law school in the Washington area. Del. Justin D. Ross (D-Prince...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 13, 2009; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Taps Porcari for Transportation Post

Transportation Secretary John Porcari, one of the most respected members of Gov. Martin O'Malley's cabinet, has been nominated by President Obama as second-in-command at the federal Department of Transportation, the White House announced today. Porcari's departure will be a big...

By Anne Bartlett | April 10, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (4)

Prospects Bleak for More Pri. Geo.'s Funding Authority

Top Prince George's officials may be running out of options to expand the county's taxing authority before the completion of the General Assembly's legislative session Monday. Montgomery County delegates this morning rejected a bill proposed weeks ago by Prince George's...

By Anne Bartlett | April 10, 2009; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Phelps Wows the Maryland Legislature

The Maryland General Assembly is in full-on fanboy mode today, as Olympic swimming champion and Towson native Michael Phelps visited lawmakers and picked up a proclamation in his honor. Delegates gave Phelps a sustained standing ovation, as the visitor's gallery...

By Anne Bartlett | April 9, 2009; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Discusses Death Penalty on Maddow Show

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) appeared last night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" to talk about Maryland's soon-to-be law that places some of the nation's tightest evidence standards on death penalty cases. O'Malley, who sought a full repeal of the...

By Anne Bartlett | April 9, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Trip Back to the Schaefer Years With Refund Checks

About 28,000 Maryland taxpayers will receive their state refund on checks signed by Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who is no longer the state's tax collector. The checks should carry the signature of the current comptroller, Peter Franchot, whose information technology...

By Lisa Rein | April 8, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Miller: Leaders May Have to Break Driver's License Stalemate

Senate President Mike Miller said today that he doesn't see a compromise position emerging between the House of Delegates and the Senate on the thorny issue of whether Maryland should continue issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "Either myself, or...

By Lisa Rein | April 8, 2009; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (13)

O'Malley, Legislative Leaders Tout Preakness Purchase Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and both presiding officers of the General Assembly expressed support today for late-session legislation designed to help keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. The bill would authorize the state to purchase or exercise eminent domain over...

By John Wagner | April 8, 2009; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (4)

Md. Senate Defeats U-Md Funding-Porn Movie Link

An attempt by Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) to make capital funding to universities contingent on the development of policies on screening pornography was thwarted this morning. During debate on the state's capital budget, Harris introduced an amendment that...

By Anne Bartlett | April 8, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (7)

O'Malley to Discuss Death Penalty on MSNBC

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) didn't succeed in his high profile attempt this year to repeal the death penalty. But both chambers of the General Assembly have passed some of the nation's tightest restrictions on death penalty cases -- and O'Malley...

By Anne Bartlett | April 8, 2009; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Lawmakers Vote to Require Reports on University Porn Policies

Budget negotiators from the Maryland General Assembly agreed this afternoon to require reports from public universities about their policies on displaying or screening pornographic films. But the provision adopted by lawmakers does not make university funding contingent on the report....

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2009; 5:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley to Submit Preakness Legislation

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is preparing to introduce late-session legislation that would give the state additional legal tools to keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland, his office confirmed today. The issue has emerged following Magna Entertainment's decision to seek bankruptcy...

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2009; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raw Fisher Radio Debates U-Md. Porn Movie

Our colleague, Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher, today discussed the controversy over the screening of a pornographic movie at the University of Maryland on Raw Fisher Radio with Maryland Senate Minority Whip Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) and one of the screening...

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2009; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leggett Taps Former Rival Silverman for MoCo Econ Job

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has tapped a one-time rival, former council member Steven Silverman, to lead the local economic development department. Silverman, who ran unsuccessfully against Leggett in the 2006 Democratic primary, takes over the department from Pradeep Ganguly,...

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2009; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Discussion Excerpts: Pornography, Academia and Free Speech

The University of Maryland and some legislators in the Maryland General Assembly appear to be on a collision course regarding the on-campus screening of a pornographic film. American University associate professor John Watson, who opposes the censorship, and Aaron Titus,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | April 6, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (9)

Pri. Geo. Senators Take Another Swipe at School Board HQ

Prince George's senators are pushing their attempts to force the county's Board of Education to give up office space leased last June as a new school system headquarters. The group agreed Friday to amend a bill that would extend health...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 6, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Franchot's Video Promotes Tax E-Filing -- with Bathroom Humor

Late tax filers who owe money to Maryland can get a two-week extension on their state returns to April 30, Comptroller Peter Franchot's office has announced -- but only if they file electronically. Franchot has been pushing e-filing all tax...

By Lisa Rein | April 6, 2009; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (6)

Join A Chat on U-Md. Porn Movie Screening

University of Maryland students -- protesting what they see as an intrusion by Big Brother -- are planning to defy authority and screen a hard-core porn movie (Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge") tonight in the name of free speech and academic...

By Anne Bartlett | April 6, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Weakened Insurance Legislation Likely to Pass

Legislation that would force more accountability from health plans is moving through the General Assembly, although in a weaker form than state regulators wanted. The bill, approved last week by the state Senate, aims at increasing protections for those who...

By Lisa Rein | April 6, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Why the Turnaround on Speed Cameras?

Maryland Senate reverses vote on speed cameras

By Anne Bartlett | April 3, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Md. House Member: Message Received on Pri. Geo. HQ

Del. Tawanna P. Gaines (D-Prince George's), named this morning to the conference committee charged with working out differences between the House and Senate budgets, said she thinks it's highly likely the conference will drop a senate proposal to make $36...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 3, 2009; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Senate Douses Hot Movie Fun at UMd

BY JOHN WAGNER AND SUSAN KINZIE WASHINGTON POST STAFF WRITERS Senator Andrew P. Harris, left, and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., discuss an amendment that would block funding to the University of Maryland if it screens a pornographic...

By Anne Bartlett | April 2, 2009; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (19)

Senate to Prince George's: Nix that School HQ

The Maryland State Senate this morning agreed to an unexpected amendment to the state budget: It made $36 million in school funding to Prince George's contingent on the county's school board nixing a plan to move its headquarters to a...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 2, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Berlage Named Planning Chief in St. Mary's

Derick Berlage, who stepped down almost three years ago as planning board chairman in Montgomery County amid controversy over weak oversight of development, has been named planning chief for St. Mary's County. The county's commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to hire...

By Miranda Spivack | April 1, 2009; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmaker: No Council Vote, No D.C. United Bill

D.C. stadium bill threatened by Prince's George's inaction

By Rosalind Helderman | April 1, 2009; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (60)

GOP Candidates in MoCo Boycott Election Debate

Republican candidates boycott Montgomery debate

By Ann Marimow | April 1, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (29)

 

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